Tuesday, August 28, 2018

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Selected by J. Allen Wolfrum


by J. Allen Wolfrum

July 1 - August 31, 2018 Tour


Former Army helicopter pilot, Susan Turner is Selected as the next President of the United States. In order to avoid a nuclear war, she must overcome personal demons and learn to navigate the murky waters of international diplomacy.

Five years ago, the Dove Revolution changed the political structure of the United States. The President, Senate, and Congress are no longer elected by the public, they are Selected at random every two years. A shadow organization known only as The Board, advances their sinister agenda by taking advantage of their anonymity and Susan's tendency to make brash decisions. Blackmail, espionage and murder are all in play as The Board manipulates geo-political events to spark a war between the Soviet Union and the United States.

With the help of her former Squadron Commander, General LeMae, Susan Turner attempts to lead the nation through these turbulent times while battling her own internal demons. Susan is a battle-hardened war veteran but she must learn what it takes to be a world leader. Nuclear war and the future of the human race hang in the balance.

Book Details:

Genre: Political Thriller

Published by: Indie

Publication Date: December 28th 2017

Number of Pages: 326

ISBN: 1981498974 (ISBN13: 9781981498970)

Purchase Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Goodreads


I enjoyed this thriller. It was well written and brings to light how "The Board", makes the decisions for us. There are lots of behind the scene double-crossing going on in this book. Where the new President Susan is the pawn. She is trying to lead the country away from war with the Soviet Union who is just as powerful as the US. She tries to take control and rationalize and theorize why they are putting her in a position that doesn't give her choices. I enjoyed how "real" she is in this book. She is a likable character and mother. She is trying to keep her boys close and safe while going through all the political turmoil.

Forces are at play and things get downright scary thinking about either the Soviet Union or the US pressing that red button and putting in launch codes. The Soviet wants to take control of some boarding neighbors to control their oil to bring the Soviet back from financial collapse. The powers that be want complete control to rule all the land - so to speak. Susan is a great thinker and has had enough military experience to figure a way around all of this. I enjoyed this thriller and recommend this book to thriller lovers without all the gore.

I give this book 4 of 5 stars!

Read an excerpt:

Susan Turner looked up through a haze of white dust and saw a group of men in black suits huddled around her body. The muffled ringing in her ears overpowered their voices. The men helped her to her feet and they ran as a group toward the entrance to the underground tunnel. Her hearing slowly returned, screams of panic in the hallway replacing the ringing. As they ran, she recognized the men surrounding her were Secret Service agents.

Four agents surrounded Susan as they jogged through the underground tunnel together. Ten yards into the tunnel, she slowed down. In mid-stride, she took off one heel at a time and returned to the pace of the group. There were no words exchanged; they moved together in focused silence. Four hundred yards down the tunnel, the group stopped at two large steel doors. The lead agent opened the doors and light from the helicopter pad above burst into the tunnel.

Before moving toward the helicopter, the agent standing behind Susan shouted into his headset, “Checkpoint Bravo. Waiting for clearance.” He nodded as the response came through and relayed the message to the group: “Let’s move.” They ran from the tunnel into the daylight and across the tarmac to the open doors of the helicopter.

The agent sitting across from Susan handed her a communications headset. “Ma’am, are you okay? Any injuries?” Susan wiped the sweat and dust from her face. “No, I’m fine. My family?”

“They’re safe. Your children were brought to a safe location under the Pentagon, and your parents are there with them.”
She nodded. “Is it over?”

He pursed his lips before responding, “I don’t know. I only heard snippets of radio chatter while we were on the way to the helipad.”

Susan leaned back in her seat, cupping her hands over her face and replaying the events in her mind. The group stayed in radio silence for the remainder of the brief flight. The helicopter landed at Andrews Air Force Base and the doors immediately opened. Susan and her security detail rushed across the tarmac and boarded the Boeing 747. She walked onto the plane in her bare feet. Jogging on concrete caused the pinky toe on her left foot to bleed. She left a trail of blood down the center aisle of Air Force One.


Excerpt from Selected by J. Allen Wolfrum. Copyright © 2018 by J. Allen Wolfrum. Reproduced with permission from J. Allen Wolfrum. All rights reserved.

Author Bio:

J. Allen Wolfrum
J. Allen Wolfrum is a fiction author and former Marine. He served four years as a Marine Corps Infantryman in the most decorated Regiment in Marine Corps history. During Operation Iraqi Freedom he led an infantry squad on missions spanning from the oil fields of Southern Iraq to the streets of Baghdad.

After the Marine Corps, he spent the next fifteen years exploring life from several perspectives: press operator in a plastics factory, warehouse stocker, confused college student, Certified Public Accountant, bearded graduate student, management consultant, and data analyst.

J. Allen Wolfrum’s writing career began in 2017 with his debut novel, Selected. He uses the unique combination of his Marine Corps, professional and life experience to create a realistic perspective on the political thriller genre. He lives in Southern California with his beautiful wife and two cats.

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  1. Now, that's quite the set up. I can see why it pulled you in with the Board and the way the political system works.

  2. I literally could not put this book down since I read it in one sitting.

  3. Thanks for the review, I need to check it out

  4. Not my usual kind of read, but it sounds exciting.

  5. Gosh a political thriller feels so timely in today's climate.

  6. This sounds good! Thriller, political, partners in cr1me, suspense - what more could you want!!

  7. It sounds like a great thriller. I like political thrillers. Thanks for posting!

  8. This book sounds good, thanks for sharing!

  9. This is definitely a book I'd love to read!

  10. This book sounds like a very intriguing read.


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